Starting a detox can be such a drag. We know the all familiar internal resistance, struggling to convince yourself to get up and just do it, but the comfort of falling back into old habits that always seems to win us over.
Sometimes the only reason starting a detox is so difficult, is because it seems like such a huge, overwhelming task. When something is so huge and unattainable it is impossible to accomplish it all at once. And a detox takes time. It can not be done in one day. It can be done all at once. Detoxing takes patience and time. The key to starting it breaking it down into smaller, easy to do tasks.
Here are our Top 3 Small Easy Ways to Start a Detox
1. Drink Lemon Water
Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning is invigorating, hydrating and gets things moving (if you feel backed up in the poo department). In order to detox your body, you must have all of your pathways of elimination open and functioning at optimum. Otherwise, the nasty things that are being detoxed out of your cells will just be recirculated inside the body and never make their exit out!
So, here's all you have to do to drink lemon water- Pour a big old glass of water (ideally filtered water) before you go to sleep at night. Squeeze at least a 1/4 of a lemon, up to 1/2 a lemon, into the glass of water. Place the lemon water on your nightstand beside your bed before going to sleep. When you wake up in the morning- drink the lemon water before you get out of bed!
2. Brush Your Skin
Your lymphatic system is responsible for moving waste out of your body. The lymph nodes and lymphatic fluid are part of the immune system and produce immune cells as well as carry bacteria and other toxins away from the cells. The lymphatic system is essential to keep you healthy, however it does not move very quickly. In fact the lymphatic system works more efficiently if we give it a little bit of support by manually stimulating the movement of lymph fluid. Getting a massage is one of the best ways to do this.
Skin Brushing is another fabulous way to support the lymph system. You can use your hands, a washcloth, or a skin brush (sold at health food stores in the beauty/cosmetics department). Brush over your skin, starting at your arms and moving over your abdominal region and then also brushing over your legs. Always brush in the direction toward your heart. This is so important because the lymphatic fluid drains internally toward your heart, and you want to support it moving in the proper directions.
3. Cut Out Refined Foods
If you are going to go on a diet detox program and are planning on cutting out a lot of food items, (most commonly dairy, gluten, sugar and alcohol) there is ONE place that is easy to start because you have to remove all of these goodies. Stop eating refined foods. This means, stop eating anything that came in a package, such as cookies, crackers, and chips. Stop eating white flour and white sugar. Try just sticking to spelt flour (which still has gluten, but less gluten than wheat flour), whole sweeteners like maple syrup and honey, and sheep and goat dairy instead of cow dairy (they are far less congesting).
Once you feel more comfortable removing these foods, you can move on to doing a more intense detox or cleanse, which would involved removing gluten, all sweeteners, and all dairy products.
4. Join our Winter Detox Diet
Our New Year Detox Diet sold out within 3 days of going on sale. BEcause it was so popular, we are running a similar program again in February. The menu will be all shiny and new the next time around!